Quick poll: Do you feel safe on the CTA?

The CTA today released crime stats that showed big drops in most categories of transit crime in the first half of this compared to the same period in 2013.

Robberies were down 35 percent, and thefts dropped 18 percent.

But do you feel safe on the CTA? Take the quick poll below and let us know. Your perception is reality for you.

The CTA has made many safety improvements in the last three years, including “expanding police patrols and rail saturation missions on the CTA system; increased undercover operations targeting pick-pocket theft rings, vandalism and other crimes; and the huge expansion of CTA’s bus and rail surveillance camera network to more than 23,000 cameras, which have significantly aided in making arrests and securing convictions.”

I’m actually impressed and do feel safer personally.

But it doesn’t matter what I think. What do you think?

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    Does anyone here regularly ride the south side elevated? How is it these days around Garfield, 63rd/Cottage?

  • In reply to Seth:

    There are a lot of skeevy people on the South Side Green Line.
    In addition to the creeps selling crap, running 3 card monte, you have the worthless preachers begging for cash, the alleged musical groups begging & the supposed ex cons claiming they need money to stay straight.
    Then there are the obvious criminals looking to steal phones.

    I always ride the first car there.

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    Scooter, you really seem to get all around the city riding all sorts of bus and train lines...

  • In reply to ScooterLibbby:

    The first car won't save you but you're 100% right.

  • Not without conductors.

  • Not that it really makes a difference this is life in the big city you take your chances every time you step out the front door.

  • I do feel safer but there's always that one particular time when you see some 'suspicious' folks riding the buses and trains. Even though the security cameras are everywhere, you shouldn't put your guard down. Stay vigilant!

  • I primarily ride the Brown/Purple lines during rush hour, so I feel safe in that there are plenty of eyeballs in the area.

    However, I do worry about pickpockets. The train cars are often jammed like sardine cans, which is prime time for thieves.

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